"That was life altering," Kudrow said about getting a rhinoplasty. "I went from, in my mind, hideous, to not hideous. I did it the summer before going to a new high school. So there were plenty of people who wouldn't know how hideous I looked before. That was a good, good, good change."
In the interview, Kudrow got candid about her struggles making friends growing up, particularly in junior high school when two of her closest friends parted ways with her."That happened in seventh grade when we moved from sixth grade to a new school. So they knew some people, and I didn't. Eventually they just got tired of me being a tagalong," she explained. "They said, 'For your own good, you need to see what would happen if we weren't here.' It was really brutal. Very hard."
"It was just mean," she added. "And all of junior high felt upside down to me. It was not, like, the nice people who were popular; it wasn't the most entertaining people — it was the meanest people who were popular."
Fortunately, this story has a happy ending. Not only did Kudrow hit it big on Friends, but she says she was able to channel some of her tough teenage struggles for her breakthrough role as Phoebe Buffay. "She was basically a ditzy girl who lived in a happier reality than everybody else, because everything was so gloomy around her. That's what I decided," Kudrow said. "And she was fearless and unapologetic. Now on Twitter or Facebook I see young girls saying, 'I identify with Phoebe because I'm different too.' That's nice, to think that people who don't feel they fit in perfectly well can relate to that character."
Kudrow just kicked off a recurring role on Scandal as Congresswoman Josephine Marcus, a new political adversary for President Fitz.